December 11, 2018 5:30 PM, EST

Amazon Chooses Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport for Regional Hub

Chicago Rockford International Chicago Rockford International Airport is building a new regional air hub at Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport, bolstering its shipping business in a move that’s expected to create hundreds of jobs for the region.

Amazon announced Dec. 11 that construction is underway on the facility located on the west side of the airport, with operations expected to begin next year. The hub will support multiple daily flights, Amazon said.

Amazon’s arrival is the latest win for Alliance Airport, an industrial and cargo-focused airport that is entering a new phase of growth after nearly 30 years of operations.

This summer, the airport completed a $260 million project to extend its runways, allowing for more consistent operations, especially in hot weather, for fully loaded cargo jets.

Prime Airplane

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The airport already is a home to a major FedEx Corp. shipping operation, with as many as 30 flights a day.

The airport sees an average of about 300 takeoffs and landings per day, with a mix of business jet, military, cargo and general aviation traffic.

“We are excited to build a brand new facility from the ground up at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport,” Amazon Air director Sarah Rhoads said in a statement. “The new facility is the first of its kind for us, and we’re thrilled to ensure we have the capacity to continue to delight our customers.”

The airport is part of the massive AllianceTexas development. The 26,000-acre project has nearly 50,000 workers, 44 million square feet of development and over $8 billion in private investment.